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new to EX format questions
by Dave Johnson 8 years ago
I've used XDcamHD for a few years and love it, but have never touched the EX format and need to buy a PMW-EX3 for my employer on short order. I wasn't expecting so many record options and have very li
Re: new to EX format questions
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Thanks for the great feedback, Butch. Our circumstances aren't as extreme as shooting news so it's reassuring to know that the format stands up in your scenario. We use XDcam Browser for our XD-camHD
Workstation for After Effects
by Brian Betz 8 years ago
I am shopping for a workstation and any help would be most appreciated. First I will explain what I will be doing with the workstation. I will be running CS 5.5 After Effects, Premier, and Photoshop.
Re: Workstation for After Effects
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Glad to help, Brian. Brian Betz "I'm thinking that the hard drives will be better off without RAID and just have the three drives." From a performance standpoint, yes, you are correct that separate dr
Objects move inbetween keyframes
by Ben Johnson 8 years ago
Hi, Using After Effects CS4. On my stage I have a basic rectangle shape that I use to place text on top. At one point this shape slides into position, the text appears and then the shape slides out of
Re: Objects move inbetween keyframes
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Just to add to John's answer, you may want to check the preferences box that says something like "default spatial interpolation to linear" to avoid this issue in the future until you get more use to w
Love the Cow..my students will know the cow..
by David Andrews 8 years ago
I teach a class and AE. This is the best research tool in the industry for getting them the information they need to have in this business. I wish I had this when I started back in the 80's... both fo
Re: Love the Cow..my students will know the cow..
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Hey Ron, This is waaaay overdue, but thank you very much for the kind words as well. Sorry I disappeared just after posting in one of the more interesting threads I've participated in a while. I won't
reverse sequence/keyframes
by gary Jarvis 8 years ago
Evening all, I am trying to find a way to reverse a procedure i.e. I have a mouth zooming out of nowhere and grabbing something, I would now like to copy-reverse paste and move on rather than re-manip
Re: reverse sequence/keyframes
by David Johnson 8 years ago
One way is to precomp the layers, apply Time Remapping to the precomp layer, then switch the positions of the two default keyframes that are created when Time Remapping is applied.
Keyframing Effects
by Charles Williams 8 years ago
is it possible to keyframe toggle effects on and off. so i have some green screen footage with 5 different effects on it. Keylight, (3)Curves effects, Denoise and degrain. and what i want is for the f
Re: Keyframing Effects
by David Johnson 8 years ago
You don't even need keyframes ... just put the effects on Adjustment Layers instead of directly on the footage layer, then set the in points of each Adjustment Layer accordingly.
Render Manager/Finder discrepancy
by David Butterfield 8 years ago
FCP 6.06 on a Mac Book Pro w WD 1 TB HD Wanting to free up some disc space I'm looking for help in Render Manager. When I open the render files in Finder, I see approximately 115 GB of files. When I o
Re: Render Manager/Finder discrepancy
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Glad to help, David. I don't know why the manual warns against using Finder to delete render files ... honestly, I didn't even know that it did ... just that I've been doing it that way for years and
Film Maker, Cinematographer, Videographer?
by shane jenny 8 years ago
I film cinematic wedding videos (LOL) Which one am I!!! I'm actually serious. Can I call myself a film maker What exactly IS a film maker Can a videographer call himself a cinematographer Help me unde
Re: Film Maker, Cinematographer, Videographer?
by David Johnson 8 years ago
I suppose you can call yourself anything you like ... as many in any aspect of the media business do without regard for the meaning of the terms, but its commendable of you to consider how it'll be in
HD Stock footage
by alex dinnin 8 years ago
Anyone know where I could get some good HD stock footage of Fire Thanks in advance Alex
Re: HD Stock footage
by David Johnson 8 years ago
A Google search for "HD stock footage fire" ... returns all the standards (Getty,Corbis, etc.), as well as some cheap alternatives ... which is best for you depends on your needs ... in other words, w
slow playback
by alex passarello 8 years ago
alrite. ive had after effects cs5 for about a month now. ever since i purchased it ive had this same problem. when i add it to the render que and it starts to render it does fine and gets through the
Re: slow playback
by David Johnson 8 years ago
http: forums.adobe.com thread 684381 When all else fails, read the manual ... or, at least search the forums or the web.
After Effects Crashing when I drag a new item into timeline
by mark pearson 8 years ago
Here is the story, I am doing a pretty basic job, some kinetic typography, some Optical flares, particles...basic... I am at the end of my work here and for some reason, the little finishing touches I
Re: After Effects Crashing when I drag a new item into timeline
by David Johnson 8 years ago
I'm glad you got it sorted. If the same project file works fine after only trashing the prefs, the issue was probably a setting that you inadvertently changed since trashing the prefs wouldn't fix a c
H.264 Pro Recorder
by Dave Johnson 8 years ago
About the H.264 Pro Recorder, I posed this question in the thread the comments below are from before realizing it's an old thread and will probably never get answered. So, could someone clarify the in
Re: H.264 Pro Recorder
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Thank you for clarifying, Heinz. I understand what you mean now and agree that both good-quality de-interlacing and interlaced encoding would make the units meet a wider a range of needs.
Stuttering playback
by Steven Austin 8 years ago
Hi, I imported some footage (native M2T) & transcoded to Pro Res. They usually play back OK in the viewer but once loaded to the timeline, appear kind of jittery or "steppy". Sort of like when one cha
Re: Stuttering playback
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Steven Austin If this is a RAM playback issue why then would some of the files I export also have the same problem Do you mean you're playing back the exports without using RAM Could be a drive speed
Wedding Photogs vs. Videogs
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hey guys, On the rare occasion that I video a wedding, I usually find myself in a power-struggle with the wedding photographer. Photographers seem to automatically assume that the job they're doing is
Re: Wedding Photogs vs. Videogs
by David Johnson 8 years ago
I've only shot a wedding once to help a friend, but did some mobile DJing while in college to fill in the gaps between club nights so I've been to very many weddings. So, perhaps I can offer a couple
Creating a flipping calendar on the wall.
by Kevin Pinga 8 years ago
Hello people. I have a question on how to create a flipping calendar. The idea is to portray going into the future. So here's how I picture it, a woman starts talking in a room, and then the camera mo
Re: Creating a flipping calendar on the wall.
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Thanks for filling in the gaps in my explanation, Greg. Kevin Pinga "But I don't what you mean by this line:" 'then composite the calendar precomp onto the wall.' I meant pretty much what Greg said. T
Rendering Question
by Max Jackson 8 years ago
Hi CC, This is my second major project (for me at least) using FCPro (v.7). Every time I take a clip insert it, nudge it, etc. it then says 'unrendered'. I can't touch any clip in my sequence without
Re: Rendering Question
by David Johnson 8 years ago
It sounds like your sequence settings don't match your footage. Try starting a new sequence with any random preset, then drag your footage into the timeline and, when you get the window that asks if y
Moving large files
by Willy Lavendel 8 years ago
Hi Creative Cows, I'm continually running into a problem that needs more attention. As we know FAT32 cannot moves files larger than 4 gigs and it's making my life harder. I've been using Path Finder t
Re: Moving large files
by David Johnson 8 years ago
I was simply trying to be helpful by offering more accurate information that you have so I don't at all appreciate your condescending tone. I could care less whether you use Fat32 or consider yourself
Scaling two layer with one Null
by Anthony Dupsta 8 years ago
Can some one point me in the right direction, thank you. I have two layers. I have both parented to a null. When I scale the null I want both to scale but I want the second to scale at half the value.
Re: Scaling two layer with one Null
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Anthony Dupsta "while my foreground is scaling by BG layer needs to have an exponential scale" I guess I should've followed my first mind and stayed the heck out of the expressions forum. That said,
How to reduce gradient jumps
by Mark Gin 8 years ago
Hi, Got this problem with my t2i (after some post enhancement): http: img694.imageshack.us img694 7317 mvi0911dnxhd0001116.jpg How can I at least reduce these transition jumps (in post - AE) so they w
Re: How to reduce gradient jumps
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Mark Gin "I haven't done this before because I didn't know the anomaly's name." Yes, I suppose "gradient jumps" wouldn't return many search results. ; ) At the same time, my curiosity to know what a
Improving video quality of old tape material
by Alan Goodall 8 years ago
Hi I am new to this. I have many hours of unique research video footage shot many years ago. Some on Video 8 (yes video 8!) some later on SVHS. I transcoded all of this some time ago using a Canopus A
Re: Improving video quality of old tape material
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Although I get nothing when I try to go to their website now, around 2002-3, there was a company called Algolith that had some pretty amazing video enhancement technologies. They ported some of the so
View from an absolute video novice.....
by Gary Cole 8 years ago
Hi, this is my first post to this forum. I am not a video editor, but have 25 year's experience as a music producer - mostly classical. My facility is entirely Mac-based, but don't use Logic. I do use
Re: View from an absolute video novice.....
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Thanks for sharing your experience, Gary. I've not yet tried to edit with FCX myself, but am well aware of its significant shortcomings from the perspectives of many other career video editors, which
equipment question
by Kip Cole 8 years ago
Need some suggestions as to best, affordable computer options. I'm getting ready to purchase a Mac Pro for editing. I'm a new, small production company with limited cash flow. I'll be loading FCP Stud
Re: equipment question
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Kip Cole "I'm getting ready to purchase a Mac Pro for editing. I'm a new, small production company with limited cash flow. I'll be loading FCP Studio 3. I also have an external AJA IOHD box for input
Interview Chair
by Rich Rubasch 8 years ago
Looking for options of the best chair for studio use for interviews. I envision an armless chair with lower back support and a decent amount of vertical adjustment, with swivel but has a swivel lock.
Re: Interview Chair
by David Johnson 8 years ago
I have the same need, but have always had trouble finding anything suitable. Might anyone be able to provide a link to someplace that online that sells good chairs For example, do you see anything you
Grounds for legal action. What would you guys do?
by Dylan Hargreaves 8 years ago
Hey CoW folk, Had an interesting development today regarding a job that's left me in the position of being able to take legal action against the client. I wanted to canvas some opinion about what othe
Re: Grounds for legal action. What would you guys do?
by David Johnson 8 years ago
To each his own, but personally, I despise being lied to in any context ... perhaps it's my own character flaw, but I take it as an insult to my intelligence since I always seem to know when I'm being
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Corrupt .MOV files?
by Braedan Herrera 9 years ago
I am about to edit a music video for a client and I just retrieved all the footage from their hard drive. They shot on the Canon 5D and 7D. All the footage looks fine except in one folder there is the
Re: Corrupt .MOV files?
by David Johnson 8 years ago
I forgot to mention ... if you don't want to go the route of just asking the client for good files, you could try importing the files into any software that uses the QuickTime engine and re-encoding (
On-camera light for use outdoors at night
by Noam Osband 8 years ago
I'm looking for an on-camera light for use outdoors at night for my HMC-150. I have seen many suggestions threads for lights, but I'm not sure which ones would be good for nightime lighting. I'm not e
Re: On-camera light for use outdoors at night
by David Johnson 8 years ago
I'm not disagreeing with Dave's or Noah's advice, but from what you described, it sounds like slap a high-wattage Frezzi with dimmer on your cam, get what you get and do the best you can with it in po
I still love my EX-1
by Brent Dunn 8 years ago
With the DSLR craze, I have and shoot on a 5D MkII and a 7D. It fits a need and gives me that cinematic look I was hoping for. But I still love my EX 1. I just shot a fashion show and the lights were
Re: I still love my EX-1
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Excellent info, Rafael, thank you.
Invoice Issue (did I overstep?)
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello, I have been having problems collecting money from clients. It has gotten so bad that I have instituded a new policy. Before turning over finished work, I now require my clients to either pay on
Re: Invoice Issue (did I overstep?)
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Maybe it's just me, but I have to ask - why would anyone deliver a final master that's ready for distribution (or anything other than a watermarked review approval copy) without payment in full Indeed
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Which media encoder is best?
by Jason Wisdon 8 years ago
Hi, So I'm in the market for a better media encoder. Unless it's something I'm doing wrong, I'm finding the exports I'm getting from compressor are lacking (especially mp4 and QuickTime movies) I'm lo
Re: Which media encoder is best?
by David Johnson 8 years ago
I have the most current versions of Compressor, Episode and Squeeze and my experience is pretty much consistent with what others have said. I regularly use both Squeeze and Episode for two primary rea
Anyone know how to get stock footage from The History Channel?
by Greg Ball 8 years ago
I'm working on a project that something to do with Solar storms. I found this great footage on Youtube, but obviously I'd like to purchase some of the footage and the rights. Does anyone know how to g
Re: Anyone know how to get stock footage from The History Channel?
by David Johnson 8 years ago
In a former life as an AP for a relatively small-time PBS series, I was often tasked with submitting similar requests to various networks, etc. The standard operating procedure is to spend months on p
Recovering data from harddisc from Flooding
by Tina Hedegaard 8 years ago
Hi I don't know if this is the forum to ask, but I need immidiately assistance. At my workstation we have just had a room filled with harddisc, xdcamdisk and all sorts of tapes flooded. I am not that
Re: Recovering data from harddisc from Flooding
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Ron is totally right as usual. In case you need more options, a few companies are listed below ... I don't have personal experience with any of these companies so I can't recommend any, but each of th
FCPX Screams of pain
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
Since Apple released FCP X and no longer sells FCP 7, a large number of the professional FCP editors have been screaming in pain about what's not there in the new app. A large number of posters on the
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Re: FCPX Screams of pain
by David Johnson 8 years ago
You're probably right, Rick ... I don't know Vegas' full history and also don't have the best memory in the world so I guess my theory was based on when I first became aware of and tried Vegas, rather
QuickTime FCP refernce files
by Sean Simms 8 years ago
When using the fcp file export to quicktime movie, I get a qt file that is referenced to fcp and will often not open on other computers, is their anyway to change this in the export settings I can't e
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Re: QuickTime FCP refernce files
by David Johnson 8 years ago
If they're self-contained files and won't play at all on another computer, that means they're either in a codec that computer doesn't have or that computer doesn't have QT installed ... if the former,
Newbie-which FC program to buy?
by Jay Harley 8 years ago
Hello Creative Cow community I would welcome anyone's advice please. I have just changed over to Mac, and I want to learn to make movies, music videos, short documentaries etc, but I'm a complete newb
Re: Newbie-which FC program to buy?
by David Johnson 8 years ago
My pleasure, Jay. I'm glad you found my input helpful. I'll add to my comments just to further clarify my points ... I agree with Rafael ... if you believe the new paradigm in video editing Apple is t
Is the blindness that Apple showed in the FCPX release a portent of Apple's future?
by Chris Harlan 8 years ago
I've been reading back over the leaks and rumors of the last two and a half years, and have found a surprising amount of information that turned out to be correct. I also noticed that FCP veered off c
Re: Is the blindness that Apple showed in the FCPX release a portent of Apple's future?
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Mike Chedwick All successful companies founded and run by visionaries tend to decline when the one with the "Golden Touch" dies. Mike, As you obviously know, history has proven time and again that yo
Conspiracy or Stupidity?
by Peter Wiley 8 years ago
A theme that runs through much of the reaction to FCP X is that Apple has decided to ditch abandon the professional community for prosumers and that FCP X's similarity to iMovie etc. I wonder if such
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Re: Conspiracy or Stupidity?
by Phil Hoppes 8 years ago
Guys, you are all missing the point and taking this far too personal. This is neither stupidity nor conspiracy. This is a very well thought out strategy that, if you stop and look how Apple has consis
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David Johnson liked this 8 years ago
Lower thirds or not?
by David Bark 8 years ago
Hi guys, I'm doing a testimonial DVD for a martial arts studio, consisting primarily of parents standing up with their kids and talking about the benefits of the studio. It's cut with b-roll of classe
Re: Lower thirds or not?
by David Johnson 8 years ago
Yes, L3s would be redundant, but whether they're unnecessary is a separate question for two reasons: 1 redundancy is sometimes regarded as a good thing in communications 2 also having the names, etc.
.mov files not working on a PC CS4?
by Ty Yachaina 9 years ago
Hey, Im just curious whether its the setup of my PC or whatnot. Anyhow, when I try to import .mov files into PPro CS4 and edit with them, the playback is terrible and my system will eventually (if not
Re: .mov files not working on a PC CS4?
by David Johnson 9 years ago
MOV (just like AVI) is a wrapper that contain any one of literally hundreds of video codecs in combination with any one of literally many dozens (at least) of audio codecs. So, whether a file has the
ND for large expanses of windows
by Bob Cole 9 years ago
Okay - this is probably a stupid post, the response to which may well be: "Just ND the **** windows." But I am hoping for some brilliant suggestions from the brain trust. I frequently get into situati
Re: ND for large expanses of windows
by David Johnson 9 years ago
Todd, I just saw your original post for the first time and want to thank you for the tip and the affirmation ... while trying to occupy myself during a dreaded trip to Walmart with my wife 10+ years a
anti reflective spay
by Mike Jeffs 9 years ago
A colluege of mine was talking about anti reflective spay that one can purchase. He said that it can be applied to almost anything, and will minimize or completly remove light reflecting off of any su
Re: anti reflective spay
by David Johnson 9 years ago
LOL I didn't even notice the typo, but love the COW for the poignant humour as much as the knowledge ... especially that Mark Suszko ... I still think you're a funny guy, Mark. ; ) http: forums.creati
Can anyone identify this connector?
by Dave Edwards 9 years ago
I've just inherited the small monitor shown in the attached image and wondered whether I might be able to use it as a camera monitor. The problem is that I don't recognise the connector type (also sho
Re: Can anyone identify this connector?
by David Johnson 9 years ago
Off hand it looks like S-Video (aka Y C), but I haven't dug up an S-Video cable and counted the pins ... there are also a number of other far less common connectors that look very much like S-Video, b
5k Budget Recommendations
by Hunter Hempen 9 years ago
Not sure if this goes here. I currently have a budget of 5k to spend on new equipment that will hopefully last for the next 'few' years here. My first order of business is to use all of it in a docume
Re: 5k Budget Recommendations
by David Johnson 9 years ago
Hunter, First, I don't scoff and laugh at anything ... the devil is always in the details and I couldn't possibly know enough about the situation to make that kind of judgment from a couple forum post
Changing QuickTimes Canvas BG Color
by Jimmylee Remillard 9 years ago
I have several animations that are on transparent and are black. I would like to change quicktimes default color from black to Grey so i can see my animations, is there anyway to do this
Re: Changing QuickTimes Canvas BG Color
by David Johnson 9 years ago
Not sure I understand your point ... the background is black because you rendered it with a black background ... for example, in AE, if you change the comp's background color to grey and render, it wi
still/video/audio software
by brian klassen 9 years ago
Recently bought my first dslr -- Canon 7D with a Zeiss 35mm f2 (shoots at 56mm given crop). I'm interested in shooting stills, video, and also doing some audio-only stuff (pleasantly surprised by the
Re: still/video/audio software
by David Johnson 9 years ago
brian klassen "I would love to get the software I want need and climb the learning curve once, rather than use other less expensive software for the next 6 months to a year and then climb the mountai
DVD warranty
by Dmitriy Dribinskiy 9 years ago
Hi, one of my 2007 clients called and said that his DVD is skipping. I do have a backup, but do people include "DVD warranty" into the Contracts I would appreciate if you share the wording. Thanks!
Re: DVD warranty
by David Johnson 9 years ago
Perhaps someone else will chime in with the more legalese type answer you're looking for, but perhaps my common sense opinion will help some in the meantime. Since it took your client 4 years to compl
Live feed to CNN/FOX/etc
by Eric Olson 9 years ago
Hi all, I work for a publishing company in NYC that publishes a large number of magazine titles. Often our editors are asked to appear on broadcast news as commentators. Our PR dept has inquired about
Re: Live feed to CNN/FOX/etc
by David Johnson 9 years ago
The reason I suggested at least looking at pre-packaged services for this and that I agree with Nick, Mark and Bob that this isn't a DIY kind of thing is because that's exactly how I and one other guy
A Rant
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
We've all made mistakes in how we conduct business over the years, No one is perfect especially not me. I have a situation that admittedly I brought on myself that simply wont' go away. Here tis... I
Re: A Rant
by David Johnson 9 years ago
Um, you know ... the things you say ... you're a funny guy. For the uninitiated (but not the easily offended) ... http: www.youtube.com watch v=aC5al-btIEw&feature=related Definitely not like a clown
Day to day Motion graphics as an editor
by Jon Fidler 9 years ago
I posted here a few weeks back about motion graphics as an Editor and need a bit of an extension on the answer. I have read a couple of design books and have quickly got on board with Motion as I am f
Re: Day to day Motion graphics as an editor
by David Johnson 9 years ago
Yours is also an excellent reply, Adam, so don't be sorry for rambling ... personally, I find listening to others ramble among the best ways to learn. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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